The design Apple used for the 6th generation iPod Nano marked a significant departure from previous models. In many ways, the squarish iPod Nano became more like a Shuffle than an iPod Touch, both in terms of design and functionality. The screen was miniaturized, the clickwheel removed, and in its place, a multitouch screen and a new iOS-style interface. Also removed were features like video recording and video playback. Indeed, the most intriguing aspect of the most recent Nano was that people seemed to enjoy wearing the device as a wrist watch.
What you’re looking at above is a purported photo of the 7th generation iPod Nano which appears to have a spot dedicated for a camera. The image is sourced from Apple.pro which has a decent track record with respect to Apple rumors and leaks. At the same time, the image was posted while it was April Fools Day here in America and so one shouldn’t jump to any conclusions just yet – especially because Apple.pro was also unable to verify the authenticity of the design.
Apple of course received some flack for the most recent Nano design, with many stating that Apple was now offering less for the same price. The addition of a camera, though, would be a nice way for Apple to add more value to the Nano. Indeed, it seemed like Apple reached the end of the line with respect to iPod Nano design and functionality with the 5th generation. So what better way to keep sales going than to remove a feature and subsequently add it back on a later iteration. Hell, maybe the 8th generation iPod Nano will come with video recording capabilities and a larger screen.
While Apple was once buyoed up by its iPod profits, the bulk of Apple’s revenue now comes from the iPhone. In fact, overall iPod sales are decreasing from year to year, with the iPod Touch being the only model that continues to show any growth.